Letters To The Editor

Reader Enjoys Musings Of Sandy Robison

To The Reader’s Forum: I just finished another beautifully written and moving piece by Sandy Robison and felt compelled to finally write to say how much I appreciate her musings on life here in Chautauqua County, and life generally. Though I often wipe a tear from my face after an evocative ...

Reader Worries About Long-Term Influence

To The Reader’s Forum: Donald Trump has awakened the sleeping monster of racial, ethnic and religious hatred by appealing to the prejudices of ignorant people. Research done by the Southern Poverty Law Center found that over the last year the number of organized hate groups in our country ...

Trump’s Tax Plan Helps The Wealthy Elite

To the Reader’s Forum: Trump unveiled some sketchy tax plan details this week and to no one’s surprise the bulk of the benefits go to the wealthy, the corporations, and the Wall Street banks. The idea is to reduce taxes for the rich first and after they make their profits they will then ...

Strengths, Weaknesses Should Be Recognized

To The Reader’s Forum: Following the controversy over the removal of a statue of General Lee, there has been a call by some New York City politicians to remove a statute of Christopher Columbus because of his involvement in the slave trade. What monument will be next? If we remove all ...

Verizon Phone Tower Should Be Denied

To The Reader’s Forum: Today, the Zoning Board of Appeals will consider Verizon Wireless’s request to erect a cell phone tower on Hallock Street. This request is in direct violation of our zoning laws. It is my understanding that other legally zoned sites have been proposed to Verizon as ...

Where Did The Pride In Maintained Homes Go?

To The Reader’s Forum: Houses in Jamestown, even those owned or rented by people with modest means, always used to be well-maintained: fresh paint, mown lawns and swept sidewalks. This isn’t the case in a lot of neighborhoods anymore. When did that pride disappear? Why are so many ...

Trump’s Response To Storm Is Not Presidential

To The Reader’s Forum: Is Donald Trump really our President, or are we all in a dream together? Things seem to go from bad to worse and no matter how I try I can’t seem to wake from what I perceive to be a bad dream. It has been a struggle to call him “President” and recent events ...

Reader Is Thankful For Return Of Valued Items

To The Reader’s Forum: I want to thank whomever found the small black and white bag in the parking lot outside of the Robin’s Nest Saturday morning and left it on our friend’s van. It contained jewelry given to me by one of my sons and daughters-in-law and also a 50th anniversary gift ...

Reader Questions Deal To Bring Jobs To State

To the Reader’s Forum: A new analysis by the state of Wisconsin reveals that the highly touted deal for the Foxconn manufacturing facility, that was so eagerly sought by Oneida County, would create fewer jobs than announced. One government analysis showed the state might not break even ...

Reader Is Shocked To See City Tax Rate

To The Reader’s Forum: I was born and raised in Jamestown. I left in 1993 when I was laid off from MRC and moved to Lancaster, Pa. with BCA Bearings. I read The Post-Journal every day on my iPad. I was shocked to read that taxes on the average home in Jamestown exceeded $5,000! I know ...

Reader Worried Over Bumpy Ride In County

To The Reader’s Forum: I do not live in New York state but come to Mayville several times a year to visit elderly relatives. Part of our visit includes several trips to Jamestown from Mayville to stock up and shop for ‘stuff.’ Each time I visit, I have hope that the 394 roadway from ...

Technology Is A Double-Edged Sword

To The Reader’s Forum: People are usually indifferent until they personally feel the heat. The Internet is reducing the need for brick and mortar stores because many have switched to online shopping. This migration, spurred by convenience and discount incentives, is eliminating thousands of ...

Busti, Land Of Progress

To The Reader’s Forum: We had a terrible stink here in Busti about the Amish and their sawmills. So we outlawed them and forced them out of town. Where they went or what they did, that’s not our concern. In Busti we are only concerned with better people. Now, very shortly later, their ...

A Stable Afghanistan Gov’t Is Needed For Aid

To The Reader’s Forum: A few thoughts about the war in Afghanistan, starting with a quote from Robert McNamara, the defense secretary for President Johnson during the Vietnam War, from his book “In Retrospect.” “It became clear then and I believe it is clear today, that military ...

Healthcare Debate Has Shown Us True Colors

To The Reader’s Forum: A recent piece in this forum entitled “Obamacare Shows Us The True Colors Of Politicians” appeared recently. The author went to great lengths to support the failed attempts by the GOP to keep Trump’s promise to repeal and replace the ACA. Each disgraceful ...

Both Sides More Interested In Racial Division

To The Reader’s Forum: In a southern church, a black man went forward to receive communion. As he knelt in reverence to the Lord, no one else stepped forward to partake with him. A distinguished older gentlemen got up from his seat, went to the communion rail, and knelt at his side and ...

We Need To Know Where You Stand, Mr. Reed

To The Reader’s Forum: The horrific events of a few days ago in Charlottesville, Va., opened many eyes about the mostly hidden violent people in our society. Many people, including leading republicans have rightly criticized Donald Trump for his ambivalent — and slow — response to ...

Immigration Issues Are Not A Dealbreaker For Sweden

To The Reader’s Forum: In response to a letter to the editor written by Rev. Mel McGinnis questioning whether a trip to a European country can be “magical” in the wake of recent immigration, I feel compelled to ask the writer whether anyone should visit any country that has accepted ...

Lake Residents Should Have More Of A Say

To The Reader’s Forum: We purchased our cottage almost 30 years ago, and just after we purchased it, herbicides were prohibited. Every year the lake seaweed just got worse. We started a petition to lower our taxes in our area. Our neighbors all signed it. After all, the reason we all buy ...